James 5:7-8 – Don’t Give Up

“Therefore, be patient, brothers, until the advent of the Lord. Consider that the farmer anticipates the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently, until he receives the early and the late rains. Therefore, you too should be patient and should strengthen your hearts. For the advent of the Lord draws near.”


One day, the famous writer Eugene Fields went to his editor and announced, “I’m quitting. There will be no column tomorrow. I’m giving up.” The editor replied, “Gene, there is a printer downstairs who has three children dangerously ill with scarlet fever, and he’s not giving up.” The columnist got the point and said, “I’m not going to give up either.” That day, he wrote one of the most stirring columns of his colorful career.

There is great power in example! The early Christians had become discouraged. There were so many trials and persecutions. It was then James wrote to them saying: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.” Then he mentioned they should remember that many others before them had also been tested but stood firm in trial. They, too, got the point. They didn’t give up; and, today, we have the vibrant church of Jesus Christ moving on.

When we become discouraged with problems in life, may we remember that there are thousands of others who have suffered similar hardships and much worse and they stood true. Today, all over the world, there are thousands of faithful Christians who are facing truly severe persecution with regards to their faith, but they are not giving up. May we always remember that because Christ, our Great Example, overcame, so can we. James adds: “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.” (James 5:10)


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